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Claflin University
29115, Orangeburg (US)
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024

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Claflin University seeks a Vice President for Institutional Advancement to articulate and implement a bold, coherent strategy for significant growth in fundraising and alumni engagement. The Vice President will lead the university's efforts to secure the resources necessary to achieve its vision and mission, focusing on major gifts, capital campaigns, and sustainable alumni giving. The Vice President will work closely with a variety of stakeholders to foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the university.


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will report to the President, Dwaun J. Warmack and will serve on the President's Senior Management Team. The Vice President will oversee a team of 16 staff.


Strategic Leadership and Vision

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will 

  • craft and execute a comprehensive advancement strategy that aligns with Claflin University's mission and long-term objectives; and
  • provide visionary leadership that inspires and mobilizes the advancement team, volunteers, and the broader university community towards achieving fundraising goals.

Fundraising and Development

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will 

  • accelerate the momentum of fundraising efforts by identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts of $500,000 or more;
  • lead capital campaigns, coordinating efforts that involve detailed planning, persuasive communication, and persistent follow-through; and
  • develop and enhance the alumni giving program to ensure a sustainable increase in the alumni giving rate and foster lifelong relationships.

Alumni Relations and Engagement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • strengthen and expand alumni networks, creating strategies that engage alumni in the life of the university and encourage alumni support; and
  • organize alumni events and communications that build a strong sense of community and loyalty to Claflin University..

Marketing and Communications

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • oversee the development of marketing and communication strategies that effectively promote the university’s advancement goals to potential donors and alumni; and
  • ensure that messaging is consistent, targeted, and reflects the university's values and aspirations.

Volunteer Management and Engagement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • enhance the senior volunteer structure, including boards, councils, and committees, by recruiting and training high-level volunteers to assist with advancement activities; and
  • cultivate strong relationships with volunteers and provide them with the tools and information necessary to successfully advocate for and support the university.

Performance Measurement and Improvement

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • employ a data-driven approach to assess the effectiveness of fundraising campaigns and engagement initiatives; and
  • continuously refine strategies based on outcomes, best practices, and industry trends to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the advancement function.

Resource Management

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • steward the human and financial resources of the advancement office, ensuring that both are aligned with strategic priorities and utilized to maximum effect; and
  • prepare and manage the advancement budget, ensuring fiscal responsibility and strategic allocation of funds.

Institutional Collaboration

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • partner with the university's senior leadership to integrate advancement considerations into broader strategic planning; and
  • work closely with academic and administrative leaders to identify funding priorities and opportunities that align with donor interests.

Governance and Compliance

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will

  • ensure that all advancement activities operate in compliance with university policies and relevant laws and regulations; and
  • maintain transparency and accountability in all fundraising practices and donor relations; and
  • other duties as assigned within the scope of this role.


A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of experience as a senior level advancement professional in higher education is preferred for this role. Claflin University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the university, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Full Prospectus






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